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Initially, Paltrow told this story on the Howard Stern Show last year, following details she revealed the year before The New York Times . In the story of the Times she described the ways in which Weinstein tried to use his career control, about Emma in her tried, tested and thorough method of inviting young actresses to participate in sexual behavior with him. After a meeting that involved Weinstein touching her inappropriately and inviting her into her bedroom, she told her then-friend Pete about it. He approached Paltrow at Weinstein outside the 1995 premiere of the play and told him, "If you ever make her uncomfortable again, I'll kill you." Describing the incident, Paltrow emphasized how much he appreciated the gesture, saying: It was the equivalent of throw it vigorously against the wall. It was so fantastic because what he did, he used his glory and power to protect me at a time when I had no glory or power yet.
Pete, to his credit, obviously has no interest in taking credit for any of this; he seemed visibly uncomfortable this week when CNN's Christian Amanpour called him one of the "heroes" of the incident. "At that point, I was just a boy at the Playground Lights, and that's how we got into things," Pete said in an interview, noting that he just didn't want anything wrong with Paltrow while she was still working with Weinstein. He then directed the conversation back to talk about ways in which Hollywood hopes to change in response to the #MeToo movement.
It is worth noting that this story does not end with Pete shouting to Weinstein and Weinstein, apologizing, and all mistakes are corrected. Instead, the producer simply called Paltrow, yelled at her and threatened to take away the star role in Jane Austen's adaptation. (And though her harassment against her stopped, obviously not many others happened) Years later, she would help reporters Megan Dwihi and Jodie Cantor – who won the Pulitzer Prize for reporting that knocked down Weinstein – with Ronan Farrow – link the dots history, but it was a process that took more than 20 additional years, even though history was known by two of Hollywood's most powerful performers. This is mostly just a reminder of how grimly rooted these power dynamics are (are they?) And even legitimate gestures of protection can be very small in terms of mitigating actual harm.
Anyway, happy weekend!
[via IndieWire ]